On Wednesday, the 19th Asian Games commenced with the rowing competition. The Vietnamese team made an impressive start, securing a spot in the finals for four out of the six events they participated in.

Nguyen Thi Giang and Pham Thi Thao came in second place in the women’s heavyweight two-oar sculls event, narrowly missing first place to their Iranian competitors. They achieved an impressive time of seven minutes and 12.57 seconds.

As a result of their exceptional performance, they have earned a place in the finals.

In the women’s four heavyweight coxed event, where six countries participated, Dinh Thi Hao, Du Thi Bong, Ha Thi Vui, and Pham Thi Hue secured a commendable third-place finish, completing the race in an impressive time of six minutes and 39.89 seconds.

In the upcoming finals, they will compete alongside China and Japan for prestigious medals.

Vietnamese rower Ho Thi Duy competes at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 20, 2023. Photo: Duc Khue / Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese rower Ho Thi Duy competes at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 20, 2023. Photo: Duc Khue / Tuoi Tre

In the women’s heavyweight coxless four event with two oars, Bui Thi Thu Hien, Luong Thi Thao, Nguyen Thi Giang, and Pham Thi Thao achieved an impressive third place with a time of seven minutes and 2.11 seconds. While they were surpassed by China and Iran, their outstanding performance secured them a spot in the finals.

In the women’s eight heavyweight coxed event, the Vietnamese team earned a commendable second place finish, crossing the finish line in a swift six minutes and 33.28 seconds. They were narrowly bested by the host nation, China.

The event showcased five exceptional teams, all of whom advanced to the finals with great success.

The Vietnamese rowers have also secured opportunities to compete for positions in the women’s single sculls event and the men’s four event, with the aim of achieving prestigious titles.

The finals for all categories are scheduled to take place on Sunday and Monday.

The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou

This prestigious event showcases a wide range of sports, with a total of 40 sports and 481 events.

Vietnam sent a delegation consisting of 504 participants and coaches, which included 320 athletes, to the tournament.